As the “Island Princess” I always get asked for recommendations and one of my favorite places to recommend is the Pier 19 Restaurant & Bar on the bay. Why do I like it so much? The food is good and the views are great. It has incredibly unique views because it actually is a pier and reaches so far out over the water.
You have so many options there besides what to choose off the great menu. You get to choose what kind of dining experience you will have by your location, first off. You can choose to eat inside.
There is an indoor bar should you wish to imbibe in air-conditioned coolness.
You can choose to eat outside and feel a part of the tropical scenery.
You will not be disappointed if you sit outside because there are so many neat things to see.
If you sit outside, you will see something strange you might mistake for a telescope. It is not a scope of any kind; it is a cannon and there IS a need for it.
It is used to stave off the pirates.
South Padre Island has a pirate ship roaming its waters. They don’t take prisoners but they DO “shoot” at the pier while the pier “shoots” back.
It is great fun and excitement for those who don’t see pirate ships and cannonfire normally as they sit outside.
Fighting words are said between the pirate ship crew and the cannon master. It’s as much a treat for the guests on the boat.
Once the boat is gone, it transorms immediately back into a tranquil place.
Giant, awesome shots of the area remind you where you are and why the bay is calm water.
The incredible views are what makes this spot spectacular.
That raspberry dressing is delicious. I do my research.
Among the many cool things to buy in the sizeable gift shop, this is a shirt I want. How funny and cool is this?